On Friday night, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis descended upon Emancipation Park at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. What did these people carry? Tiki Brand torches.
Many people joked on the use of the backyard picnic item as a “threatening” tool. Over the weekend, Tiki Brand spoke out against the hatred and vile behavior their products were used for, making sure people know they in no way endorse what happened.
On Facebook, Tiki Brand wrote:
“TIKI Brand is not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville and are deeply saddened and disappointed. We do not support their message or the use of our products in this way. Our products are designed to enhance backyard gatherings and to help family and friends connect with each other at home in their yard.”
One of the best comments on the post reads: “Never thought I’d see the day where tiki torches did a better job at dissociating from Neo-Nazis than the freaking president.”
Another wrote: “Thanks for making a statement. It’s too bad that the oh-so-charming crowd of half-wit incompetent torch-bearers decided to use your products, but it’s not like we can blame you. Certainly, you didn’t say, ‘Oh hey, let us sell you a truckload or torches at a deep discount for your hate rally.’ ”
“Take heart,” she continues. “Your apology is spreading across Facebook. Your products are made for friends and families to gather in love. We all know this. Their misappropriation of your products is not a reflection on you, but a reminder of how much of a perversion they make of the symbols of life in our country.”
Another brand that spoke out against the “Unite the Right” marchers were the Detroit Red Wings. The hockey team’s logo was manipulated to have Nazi imagery. This is new versionis the apparent symbol representing a group from Michigan called the Detroit Right Wings. The team is considering legal action.
The Nazis basically Nazi-fied the Red Wings logo. That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern. pic.twitter.com/8nB8DZL6jg
— Dunkirk Van Houten (@50_MissionCap) August 12, 2017
“The Red Wings believe that hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the diversity of our fan base and our nation,” the team statement said. “We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”